A decade of evolution of electric vehicles


When Toyota released their Prius in Australian in 2001, quite a number of commentators thought that hybrid vehicles were not the way to go.  Hybrids models now account for over 24% of Toyotas sales.

Electric cars have been heavily criticism but Nissan who builds the world’s most popular electric car, the Leaf, is touting the progress of these vehicles.

In Europe from July to September this year sales are up more that 132% on last year.

On average, the LEAF’s battery capacity has increased by 160% and range by 120%.

The number of public charging points in the EU increased from about 2,379 nine years ago, to over 213,000 today.

EV batteries can be repurposed and recycled. 148 batteries helped to create the world’s largest energy storage system in Amsterdam in 2018.

Im David Brown

Motoring Minutes are heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio networkMotoring Minutes have an average daily audience of over 150,000 listeners. Motoring Minutes are also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program, which is broadcast through the Community Radio Network across Australia and has a weekly audience of over 450,000.

About David Brown 398 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto